As a way to honor the men and women who served his country in armed forces, a Canadian man, Eric Dahl cleans the grave stones of veterans by hand. He is cleaning the Drumheller cemetry in east-central Alberta, Canada.
He feels that it’s something that he should do to give them the proper respect for fighting for his country.
Dahl feels that his work gives him a lot of peace.
According to Dahl, the most disturbing part for him was the poor condition of monuments of veterans. The moss-covered headstones tell visitors to the cemetery that no one has tended to the graves of veterans for decades.
The work is hard but Dahl performs it with precision. He believes it’s the same way that these vets would have done it themselves.
While on one day, Dahl can clean up to 10 to 15 graves in a day; there are some days when he can only do one or two.
Dahl’s work is also drawing a lot of attention from the local community as well as online.
According to Dahl, he is not dong this work for recognition.
“To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have cared if anyone noticed,” he said, adding: “I’m continuing on with what I’m doing for me.”
Though it’s not easy work, Dahl said he’ll “never stop.”
Before Dahl started work, almost all the gravestones were black and unreadable, now many of them are clean and in great shape.